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(Wondrous Strange #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,746 ratings  ·  643 reviews
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.

Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a de
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by HarperTeen
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Colleen Houck
Even better than the first. I loved the addition of leprechauns and the mythology of the green man. It was cool to see how the author connected the two. Excited to see what happens in book three.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, own-arc
Three words; Sonny is MINE! or impressive, exciting &captivating

I was even more impressed with Darklight than it's predecessor Wondrous Strange. Livingston was able to weave an unpredictable and entertaining plot, with all the characters that I had grown to love in Wondrous Strange. Not to mention characters that were re-introduced like... Fennrys. Where did this delicious dish come from! I'll have seconds please!

I loved the elements of the Otherworld, Livingston has a beautiful writing styl
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really amazing sequel that was so magical and whimsical. I don't why I didn't pick this book up sooner because I love some good old Shakespeare.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Since the frightening events of last Halloween, which ended with her beloved, Sonny, forced to leave her and return to the Faerie world, Kelley has been rehearsing for a new play, testing her powers, and trying to keep hope that she'll see Sonny again soon.

His Janus friends provide her with protection and company, but they hardly compare. And her unnerving Faerie mother keeps sending her images of Sonny on his violent quest that make Kelley wonder just h
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Lesley Livingston weaves a unforgettable story that will captivate you long after the last page. Once you pick this book up it will be impossible to set it down. You will take it to work with you and hide it under your desk until no one is looking, stay up late with a flashlight long into the early morning hours and fake deathly illnesses to finish this book. And once you have finished it you will mark your calendar and count down the days until the next one arrives. Fans of Wicked Lovely and Th ...more
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Darklight picked up rather quickly after Wondrous Strange left off, so if you haven't read Wondrous Strange- you need to before you pick this one up!

Lesley Livingston has a way with words that draws the reader in and holds them to the pages until the end. Her descriptions are beautiful and to the point. The plot is also amazing, I was on the edge of my seat through most of the novel, and by the end when I thought I had everything figured out- BAM, new secrets are revealed, characters are differe
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
It's been six months since young actress Kelley Winslow learned of her true heritage and fell in love with changeling guard member Sonny Flannery. Kelley dreams of the day when she will be reunited with Sonny. Her wish soon becomes reality, though not in the way she imagined. A violent encounter with a murderous leprechaun hurtles Kelley into the Otherworld, and back into Sonny's arms once more.

The magical, romantic saga that began in Wondrous Stage lives on with Darklight, the second installmen
La Femme Readers
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Darklight is yet again another magical, action packed installment of one of the best faerie series I've ever read! I love how this book continues to enlighten the reader with character development. I strongly feel I know more about these characters with every page I read. My favorite aspect of this second book is experiencing the faerie realm. Lesley's choice of words to describe the fae world sparkled (literally!) in my mind with beautiful images. I once again fell in love with Sonny, however I ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Livingston follows up Wondrous Strange with a perfect combination of suspense, action, and romance in Darklight. After I finished reading Wondrous Strange last year, I jumped online to find out if there would be a sequel and I had to bite my nails because I didn’t have an answer. So, imagine how thrilled I was to finally get the news of a sequel, I was practically grinning for ear to ear.

I love the characters in this series. Livingston did an amazing job! Kelley and Sonny have been through so mu
Kayla Gough
UGH!!! You'll want to throw this book at the wall(please dont) when you finish it!! Everything you don't expect to happen happens, and all the things you want to happen don't!!!

Not to say this was a bad book, it was just the opposite: absolute excellence. Not only was it exquisite with its imagery and details, this storyline is endearing as well as dangerous, introducing new definitions to fantastic creatures we thought we knew so well. The deep, passionate romance between Sonny and Kelly is pul
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I don't know what else to say about it; the writing was good, I love the characters (I think I'm even starting to like Wolf, which is no bueno, cause I'm supposed to be rooting for Sonny but I still am ;) ), one thing that bugs me is sometimes Sonny and Fenn are very similar. Too similar. Sometimes Sonny doesn't have much character I guess, I kind of forgot what his like. . . signature I guess. Like Fenn is "unflappable" (part of my favorite quote from the book) and Kelley is l ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had read these books all together instead of waiting so long after I read the first book, but once I got into the story and remembered what happened in the first book, it was easy enough to get back into things.

I'm a big fan of Kelley and Sonny and I want to see them able to be together in the end, but many books have proven to me that I don't always get what I want! The ending of this book leaves things very much in the air. It's not a huge cliffhanger, but we do know by the end that t
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Similar Books: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling

I've been on a bit of a Lesley Livingston kick since I read Starling earlier this year. I had to get my hands on every book she's written because I was so in love with her worldbuilding and the mythology she creates for her stories. And while I LOVED Starling and really liked Wondrous Strange, Darklight wasn't quite as good for me.

To me, Darklight suffered a little from sophomore slump.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Darklight picks up about five months after the events of the first novel. The characters here are just as lovable and well-rounded as in book one, and the new characters added to the ensemble are just as interesting, detailed and useful. No character-dropping here - everybody has a place and contributes to the overall story. And the storyworld of the series is so unique, detailed, and original. Unlike Wondrous Strange (which took place exclusively in New York City), this novel features world-hop ...more
Jan 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
published by HarperTeen
Released December 22nd 2009

Hardcover, 312 pages
4 stars

Summary from Harper Teen "

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order
Katieb (MundieMoms)
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Wondrous Strange and as soon as I finished it I picked up Darklight and read it in a couple hours. I really liked this sequel. Darklight starts right were Wondrous Strange ends. I liked that I got to know more about the characters, including Fennrys, who was one of my favorite characters. As the plot twists continued answers I had hoped to receive from Wondrous Strange were revealed.

The story starts with Sonny, the Janus warrior is back in the faerie realm completing a
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
It had been over a year since I read Wondrous Strange, so it did take a few chapters for me to settle into Darklight. I was actually surprised by how much I did remember from the first book, and whatever I didn't, I was soon reminded of. Soon enough I was fully immersed in the magic that is Central Park and the Otherworld! Darklight begins six months later with Kelley preparing for her role as Juliet in an upcoming production. She's also missing Sonny, who is still trapped in the Otherworld clea ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Well, it's clearly been too long since I read the first one...or I read the first one too fast... because I had a hard time remembering the finer details of "Wondrous Strange" and it really seemed to impact my enjoyment of reading the sequel, "Darklight". That... or it was a mediocre middle book. I'm not sure.

My problem seemed to start out from page one. Things were occuring that I had the smallest grasp of rememberance of. "Ok, I don't remember this, but I'll go with it." It affected my whole
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Darklight was just a wonderful as Wondrous Strange! In fact, I almost enjoyed it more because we get to discover more about the Faerie Realm and discover more about Sonny Flannery's "Otherworldy" heritage.

This one was more of a cliff-hanger than the first one, and while it answers some questions, it mostly brings up new ones (ever the second book in any trilogy). These definitely need to be read in order to be able to understand the references to what happened in the first book.

Again, I loved Ke
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes stories of the Fey
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)
This is one time that I think the second book was better than the first. This book was really a 4.5 for me. I am just getting really stingy with 5 stars because I have read so many really incredible books. I liked Darklight better than Wondrous Strange, and I think it is because there was a lot more of the mystique of the Fey in it and less of the mortal realm. That may be because of the new characters that were brought in, and also that I already had been introduced to the world this book takes ...more
Lyn *NomadicWorlds
I started Darklight right after finishing Wondrous Strange. It was heartbreaking how Kelley and Sonny found each other only to be separated. I felt for both of them over how they each struggled with missing the other.

I didn’t like Kelley much in this second book. Sure, I get she was testing her powers but I hated her lack of faith in Sonny. Also, what was she doing with Fennrys? I know she wasn’t unfaithful to Sonny but she still didn’t do anything to discourage Fennrys either.

I guess Sonny was
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a clear improvement over the first book in the series.

While this one was still action packed, with all sorts of quick traveling between the realms, there was much more character development this time around, and I enjoyed it more.

Sonny and Kelley have been separated for months, as Sonny continues his mission to fight the Wild Hunt and Kelley tries to live with her new self. They are still madly in love, but the physical distance between them--as well as the fact that they really don't k
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved Wondrous Strange when I read it earlier in the year. So I have been looking very forward to reading Darklight. It was everything I hoped it would be and then some! Darklight starts off about 6 months after the end of the first book and it starts off with a bang. There is never a moment without suspense and action.

Livingston's writing is superb. I'm in love with it! It flows so smoothly that you forget you are reading a book. I also love that you don't just get the story for Kelley's poin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
The ending of this story shows how immature the main character, Kelley, really is. I found her decisions throughout the novel to be juvenile, decisions the author decided to include because "The plot must go on!". I'm having trouble seeing how a 17-18 year old who is just THIS immature can live on her own and take care of herself. It's just so... unrealistic.

I am captivated by the world, and I love how connected this story is with Shakespeare. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and the author
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: faeries-fae, y-a, fantasy
"Hmm, every time I walk through this park something tries to kill me. I think I will go for a walk in this park."

Oh, Kelley, Fenn and Sonny, along with her Fae parents think it's endearing how adorably stubborn she is. I call it too-stupid-to-live. Kelley is so TSTL that she continually throws herself into the path of danger thereby hurting herself and those who are unfortunate enough to be tasked with protecting her. My favorite part of the story was when the rest of the Janus guard told her o
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-ya
Much better than the first one, I think, though I can't pin down exactly on what.It introduces a lot of interesting plotlines and hints to be followed in the next installment, which makes me happy and frustrated at the same time.Well, all the good ones do.:p

Most of the previous characters are present here, and over the course of the story become satisfyingly fleshed-out and intriguing,all mysterious with their higher motives and ambiguity (except maybe Kelley).I can't say the same for the relati
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2010
Of course after finishing the first book I HAD to jump into the second book right away. The story goes on where the first book left us and to say it right away I loved the book much more than the first.
This is one of those series that are getting better!

We will discover more about Kelley and see how she tries to handle her newfound Faery Part in herself. She has to face the question if she rather wants to be human or if she has to be more open about being a Faery.

Sonny is gone and has to deal
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I loved Wondrous Strange! I wish I had loved Darklight as much but I felt something was missing, or maybe it was just too predictable for me. I think Sonny may have lost some of his charm and became just the stupid guy in love. The end left me hungry for more though. I can't wait for the next book!

I somehow became more interested in Kelley's relationship with Sonny's friend than with him and things start getting really messy but nothing really gets resolved. I think that being the "middle" book
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“You killed a tree?"
"It tried to kill me first."
"Perhaps you should tell me exactly what happened to you, Princess.”
“Sonny pulled Lucky up short and swung around to face Fennrys. "I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to die surprised. And I swear to all the gods, if the last thought that goes through my mind is 'What the hell was that?' I will hunt you down in the afterlife and punch you in the face throughout eternity.” 83 likes
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